View Full Version : Kitchen Appliance Survey

06-27-2015, 09:10 PM
I saw a thread on another forum where a newbie was wondering what kind of electrical kitchen appliances people were hauling around in their RVs, so that he could duplicate everyone else's inventory.

You'd be amazed at all the stuff.

Sweet Wife and I still tend to carry over our minimalist mentality from our backpacking days. So I showed her that thread.

Me: "Look at all the stuff these people are dragging around with them"
Her: "Like what?"
Me: "All kinds of stuff, waffle irons, electric skillets, deep fryers, toaster ovens, blenders, ice makers, margarita machines, egg beaters, crock-pots..."
Her: "I want a crock-pot"
Me: (silence....) Really? (Had the trailer for 8 years, now she wants a crock pot)
Her: Big enough to get a chicken in"
Me: "Under $20"
Her: "OK"

So on the way home from church we stopped at Walmart and get one of these.

Crock-Pot 4-Quart Slow Cooker, Black - Walmart.com (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Crock-Pot-4-Quart-Slow-Cooker-Black/14922959)

To add to our toaster and 5 cup coffee maker. (I'll tell you, this RV life is making us soft.) We now have 3 electric kitchen appliances.:jitter:

And it turns out to be a good thing. She likes making stuff in the crock pot so it gives her something to look forward to doing. And since it was so blasted hot on our trip last week, she did 3 dinners in the crock pot which we sat outside to avoid heating up the trailer. :hot:

So what's in YOUR cabinet? What are all of you lugging around?

06-27-2015, 10:10 PM
Hot plate (so I burn electricity the park pays for, instead of propane that I pay for)

Space heater (ditto)


Small George Foreman grill (which is a pain to clean, so it may go in the dumpster)

Electric griddle (seldom used, but it stows out of the way)

Handheld electric mixer (I use this often)

Electric vegetable chopper (looks like a blender, very seldom used, belongs in the landfill)

06-27-2015, 10:28 PM
That veggie chopper reminds me, sometimes Sweet Wife takes her Magic Bullet along. But it doesn't stay in the camper, so it doesn't count.

06-28-2015, 07:15 AM
Electric vegetable chopper

It's seldom I have any electric vegetables that need chopping, though --

06-28-2015, 09:21 PM
Just a toaster and small George Foreman, I think. Wife bought a small crock pot today. Although it is for the kitchen, I would not be surprised if goes out to the MH when we travel.

06-29-2015, 09:02 AM
Slow cooker (Crock Pot is a Trade mark/brand) Mixer (3 one stick one single beater one double) Steamer, Rotesserie oven, Coffee pots (3, one in storage) Toaster, Induction cooktop, Resistive cooktop (2) Coffee Mill. RV comes with a Microwav. 2nd 12 volt Slow Cooker. Small Forman Grill Knockoff. Mini-chopper (Black & Decker) Maxi-Chopper (Aldi Food Processor) Not sure what else I have.

Electric cooking because it is included in site rental and I have to pay for Propane.. I still use Gas when doing some stuff though (Cheesecake for example)

06-29-2015, 07:10 PM
I view appliances like a backpacker, my wife is more the Normandy Invasion style.

So, we have a Keurig coffee maker for me, one crockpot, one toaster, one mini-chopper, one space heater, Ninja blender, can opener, handheld mixer.

Just arrived in Washington DC for 2 weeks.

So how about man-tools, drills, saws, etc., gotta have some of those!

06-29-2015, 07:15 PM
I had neglected the microwave. I guess because it's built in.

06-29-2015, 07:26 PM
X2 on what KE0ME said. DW packs everything from the S&B. And!!!, never use any of it. She will pack 4 bags of clothes for a 1 week cruise.

06-29-2015, 07:31 PM
I view appliances like a backpacker

Actually I've never seen an appliance that was at all like a backpacker. For one thing, backpackers usually have two legs, and appliances typically have three, or four, or none. Also, backpackers have to stop and pee, and appliances almost never do.

Or did you mean a backpacker that's like an appliance?

06-29-2015, 08:00 PM
Crock Pot is a Trade mark

Well, no. Crock-Pot, with a hyphen, is a registered trade mark of Rival Industries, but Crock Pot, without a hyphen, isn't; nor is crock pot (lower case) nor crockpot (one word).

Even the trademarked version with the hyphen might be difficult to defend in a courtroom, since it has become a part of the common language. That's how Bayer lost Aspirin as a trademark, and many other trademarks have been lost the same way.

06-30-2015, 10:41 AM
Someone in this thread hangs pixels in a place where I post food recalls. intresting.

Electric hand mixer 3 different ones in fact.
Slow cooker (Crock pot is a trademark)
Induction cooktop
Regular resistive burner
Food Chopper 2.2 of those (Aldi callsit a Food Processor" but it is the blender type.. I have a mini (Black and decker) and the ALDI unitwhich has both small and large processing champers with acommon power unit.. This gets a lot of use)
Coffee makers (3 one is in storage just in cuss, One is a KEURIG.
Rotisserie oven (kind of a big Toaster Oven)
Small Foreman Grill Knockoff (Sunbeam) it really is easy to clean though.
Electric can opener
Not sure what else I have off hand but I am sure I forgot something.
Scale, Thermometer.

06-30-2015, 01:00 PM
We normally camp in parks that don't have hookups although they do have limited generator hours. So.......

The Keurig goes on all trips, but I get up at 7 and the generator hours don't start 'til 9. Guess who brews coffee on the propane stove with my trusty old pour through pot.

The hand mixer is there, and an old toaster. The toaster rarely gets used for the same reasons as the Keurig.

06-30-2015, 07:59 PM
We still have a lot of backpacker mentality. There is a lot of empty space yet in our cabinets. And we usually use most of the stuff we take with us.

Our latest acquisition, the Crock-pot (real thing! by Rival) got used a lot on our first trip with it. Sweet Wife likes to "play with her food" and tinkering with all the stuff in the crock pot gives her something to look forward to doing. And we sat the thing outside since it was 95F out and the A/C was working hard to keep up!

And we wanted it small and cheap. But we found anything less than 4 quarts to be too small for Sweet Wife's minimal requirement that a whole chicken be able to fit into it. $16 at WalMart

06-30-2015, 08:10 PM
Hand tools knives, forks, spoons,coffee grinder, French press I think there is a microwave behind the TV mounted where the oven used to be.

07-01-2015, 08:38 AM
We still have a lot of backpacker mentality.

There's such a thing? :whistle:

07-06-2015, 09:29 AM
DW carries her complete kitchen with her. Keurig coffee maker, induction cooktop (X2), toaster, waffle griddle, Kitchenaid mixer, crockpot, and the list goes on. That's in addition to all the built ins in this rolling condo. Our gross is about 50K pounds. We're all of that plus a little. Oh well, that camping.:D

07-06-2015, 02:37 PM
Doc, is that what is meant by getting away from it all?

07-07-2015, 09:13 AM
Uh-Huh. Right now I'm away from it all in the mountains of Southern Colorado, where the temp is currently 48, with expected high today of 64. This roughing it is rough.

07-07-2015, 11:08 AM
Yah, a friend of mine (WI5G) recently spent a week or two in Colorado in his motor home with some other hams, riding motorcycles up mountains. He says he had a glorious time, but there were places he couldn't take the motor home because of the snow at 14,000 feet. So they rode dirt bikes in the snow instead. One of the guys got altitude sickness!

07-08-2015, 06:12 AM
I m in sync with Radio.
I tend to cook like a backpacker, one pot meals, nothing fancy.
Maybe that's why DW doesn't ask me to cook much?

PS- those external frame packs in ur pic brings back some good memories.
Then I discovered internal frame packs and the world changed!

If ur not a backpacker, that may not make sense, the 2 types feel completely different when u carry them.

07-08-2015, 07:46 PM
When backpacking, you carry the pots, pans, dishes, stove, bedroom, laundry and roof

all on your back.

Of course there's no traffic and not much trouble backing into your site.


07-08-2015, 08:29 PM
In the army we didn't camp, it was bivouacking. Didn't carry any utensils other than a mess kit and a shovel. On two occasions when on a bivouac I was "forced" to move from a tent to a barracks the afternoon before a downpour. Damn, I hated that, when those guys came in they were like drowned rats, soaked to the skin and covered with mud. The lightning and thunder did keep me from a sound sleep though. We "camped" at Camp McCoy, WI one time and I told the guy that had the other tent half, let's not pitch our tent with all the rest of these troops which is what we did. The next morning the 1st shirt said where were you last night, we needed you for guard duty, again, Damn, sorry I missed it.

07-08-2015, 09:20 PM
Good story, Flyer, and well told. Definitely gave me a grin.